Saturday, May 4, 2013

Cinco De Mayo 3 -- The BEST Jalapeno Poppers

These are the perfect appetizer. My secret is that I buy the jalapenos as "seconds" produce--you know, the part of the grocery store with the discount produce that's lumpy or almost passed. For whatever reason, I ALWAYS see bags of jalapenos there. Perhaps they're just a delicate pepper that bruises or wrinkles easily? A bag of seconds jalapenos is typically under a dollar! And, since you're breading them, you cannot tell that they're ugly. SCORE!

Best appetizer for Cinco De Mayo.

Baked Jalapeno Poppers
(barely adapted from Emril's recipe)
  • 12 jalapeno peppers, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup shredded cheese of choice
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Italian mixed herbs
  • 1/4 tsp chili pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup panko crumbs

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a small dish, mix together all the herbs.

Mix together cream cheese, shredded cheese, and 1 tbs of the herb mixture. Spread 1 tablespoon of the cheese mixture into the middle of each jalapeno half.

In a small bowl, beat the eggs. One at a time, dip the jalapenos into the egg and then toss with panko crumbs.

Place the peppers cut side up on the baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, until jalapenos are soft.


  1. Can you believe I've NEVER had one of these?! I've never seen them anywhere in the UK! They look amazing though, I think this might have to be added to my 'things to try' list! :)

    1. Really? Yeah they do seem like a very Americanized food item... full of cheese and fried ;) if you do find them, the ones stuffed with cream cheese are much better (in my opinion) than the ones just stuffed with cheese.

  2. Dang this looks seriously fabulous.

  3. These look so good! I love jalapeno poppers and baking these totally negates the fact that they're full of cheese.... right? :)

    1. Totally. I even used low-fat cream cheese and cheddar, plus panko isn't as salty and calorie-laden as traditional breadcrumbs... so I'm sure they are at least way better than fried poppers ;)

  4. I've never heard of the seconds produce section. Nice find! Love the crunchy coating on these.

    1. Yeah! I'm pretty sure most grocery stores have them... they're typically towards the back of the store, with the produce in bags or wrapped in cellophane on those styrofoam trays...

  5. Ugh, once when I was little my dad made me "chicken nuggets" that were actually jalapeno poppers. I was so moved that he cooked me dinner (albeit a frozen food dinner), that I didn't have the heart to tell him what he made wasn't chicken nuggets, so I hid them in a napkin and put them under my pillow. I'm sure my mom found them there days later and worried her daughter was crazy. If only I had known how good poppers were back then!

  6. They look so delicious. Thank you for sharing with my Walking on Sunshine FB page today. I would love for you to join our linky party on the BLOG this Friday!